2011 subaru toyota

22/1/2011

2011 subaru toyota

No, Subaru is not developing a Legacy coupe. (Seriously, how many people would actually buy that?) So what’s really underneath the camouflaging body panels in these photos? A new rear-wheel-drive sports car, that’s what.

Yup, look closely at the short wheelbase and the driver’s low-slung seating position—which we can only describe as pimpin’—and the Legacy camouflage is easy to peel away.

So what are Subaru pieces doing covering a sports-car chassis? And is that even a Subaru beneath that Subaru disguise? Well, we have on relatively good authority that this is a mule for the recently confirmed rear-wheel-drive sports car that is being jointly developed by Subaru and its new best friend Toyota, which we covered in a recent report on the new joint venture between the automakers. The car is said to be equipped with a Subaru-sourced 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine with 220 horsepower or so, to be set rather far back in the chassis for a more front-mid arrangement, which provides more optimal weight distribution. This could be a rather fun little thing, we’re starting to think. Catch our, uh, drift?

The sports car will be one of the first products to come out of the new partnership between the two companies. And it’s a good match for each, as both manufacturers suffer from a lack of credible, image-boosting sports cars in their lineup. Toyota, which at one point offered three sports cars (MR2, Celica, and Supra), now has none. Subaru has the WRX STI, of course, but sporty as it is, it’s no sports car. Both Toyota and Subaru are expected to sell versions in the U.S., but it’s unclear whether it will be launched as a coupe only, or if a convertible could be included as well. An all-wheel-drive model that could give the Audi TT a run for its fun is also a very real possibility for the Subaru version.

As for the cost of such a fun little plaything, a base price of around $20,000 wouldn’t surprise us when it goes on sale in 2011.

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We’ve already seen the Toyota FT-86 concept but hardly anything has been said or shown about the Subaru twin. Till now. Japan’s Best Car magazine has come up with these speculative renderings of the Subaru coupe and it’s looking good. Accompanying these images are rumours of the Subaru retaining it’s traditional all-wheel-drive setup and a turbocharged boxer engine.

If you’re not surprised by these rumours, lets go back to when Toyota and Subaru first announced they were working on a mutual model. The two Japanese automakers made it clear back then that both models will feature a rear-wheel-drive setup.

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Here’s what the two companies said in a joint statement about the coupes in April 2008:

“Toyota Motor Company (TMC) and Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) – Subaru’s parent company – are to jointly develop a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car that will be marketed by both TMC and FHI.”

“The compact rear-wheel sports car to be jointly developed by TMC and FHI is envisioned to offer a new “fun to drive” experience based on an all-new vehicle platform powered by an FHI core-technology horizontally-opposed engine. Market introduction is targeted for the end of 2011. Production is to take place at a new plant to be built at FHI’s Gunma Manufacturing Division in Japan’s Gunma Prefecture. TMC will consign production to FHI.”

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It’s actually a good thing that the Subaru will retain its AWD and turbocharged boxer engine, it makes it easier for potential buyers to differentiate the two. If the two retained the same layout and power, the only thing that would differentiate the two is the badge and colour option.

This is all very exciting but its all just rumours and speculations yet as Subaru has not commented on anything. The only thing that is confirmed is that Subaru will market its own version of the coupe.

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